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The junior QB remains in concussion protocol after he suffered the injury in the Bruins' final regular-season game against Cal. Team doctors did not want Rosen to play so soon after suffering the shot to his head. The Browns, who are now 0-15 and have locked up the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, were probably a little happier with Darnold's remarks. The NFL has so much power in terms of controlling player movement and decision making with collectively bargained rookie contracts, the franchise and transition tags, that any time a player gets a chance to decide what they want to do and choose to exercise it, more power to them.

Darnold's comments come after UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen said Tuesday he would "rather be a lower pick at the right team than a higher at the wrong team", per ESPN's Josh Weinfuss.

Darnold is finishing his redshirt sophomore year at USC by playing in the Cotton Bowl this week and Rosen completed his junior campaign.

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As we inch closer to the NFL Playoffs, the draft order is starting to take shape, at least at the top of the draft. The Giants will pick second. One general manager, whose team will likely end up with a top-12 selection and needs a quarterback, said he would not select him from his early off-the-field evaluations. The haul of assets would be bigger and would be incredibly tense for both the Browns brass and fans as they sit there hoping their targets are still there while waiting for the teams in front of them to pick, but the payoff is obviously bigger.

USC quarterback Sam Darnold isn't sending any signals that he is too good for Cleveland. The Trojans star is expected to be one of the first players taken if he makes himself eligible. Rosen added he would rather play for the Giants over the Browns, and if Cleveland closes in on him, his decision to play in the National Football League next season could change.

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